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State Minister Wijewardene graces opening of Mihintale 'Aloka Pooja'

State Minister Wijewardene graces opening of Mihintale 'Aloka Pooja'

[June 11 2017]

State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene was the chief guest of the third day opening of the 55th 'Aloka Pooja' ceremony of the Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya last evening (10th June). The Mihintale Aloka Pooja is being sponsored by the Express Newspapers Company (Lake House) to illuminate the historic Mihintale temple in view of the Poson Poya day.

The lighting of the temple was carried out with the expertise of the Sri Lanka Air Force and while the Electricity Board and Express Newspaper Company had provided sponsorship support.

Religious observances were presided over by the Chief Incumbant of the Minhintale temple Ven. Walahahengunawewe Dammarathana Thero. During the ceremony certificates of appreciation were presented to the Air Force personnel of Anuradhapura Air Force Station involved in the development work of the temple. The certificates were presented to the Commanding Officer of the Anuradhapura Air Force Station by the State Minister.

Speaking at the ceremony State Minister Wijewardene reminded of the people affected by the recent flooding calamity and the relief effort carried out by the tri forces. Speaking on the importance of celebrating the Poson Poya Day day the Buddhist community he said that in the future more state involvement and his personal attention would be forthcoming in this regard.

Members of the Maha Sangha, parliamentarians,state officials, Lake House representatives, Air Force personnel and a large number of devotees were present at the occasion.


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